“I ended up working more hours for them because there was so much to do,” said Pagán-Ortiz “We expected about 50 organizations to apply for their grants, but actually got 140.”
The nonprofit is currently preparing for their first round of grants awarded in December of this year. Due to Pagán-Ortiz’s hard work and commitment with the organization, she was top choice when it came time to hire an administrator.
“I had just obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology and was applying to PhD programs,” said Pagán-Ortiz “I didn’t want a full-time job so this position just sort of felt like a natural transition.”
Pagán-Ortiz acts as a liaison for the different committees, of which there are five, making sure they have the resources they need. She also ensures the organization as a whole is moving towards standardizing practices.
“We’re still in year one, so we’re putting systems into place to make sure we’re documenting everything correctly and creating an effective model.”
Pagán-Ortiz expressed how excited she is to be working in the Next Mile Project space.
“I sat in on one of the lunch presentations,” she said, “and I really learned a lot just from engaging in the community. It’s nice to be in a space where everyone’s doing different work but towards the same goal.”
While the nonprofits in the Next Mile Project space are working towards different specific goals, the end goal of improving the quality of life for people is universal.
TPC is also comprised of like-minded yet diverse individuals.
“We pride ourselves on the diverse experiences and skills that our members bring to our organization,” she said. “We want women who are new to philanthropy, as well as women who have been engaged in philanthropy for years.”
For Pagán-Ortiz this pride in diversity is what makes working with The Philanthropy Connection a vastly important and lasting experience.